ALWAYS A RUNNER-UP

Andy Murray is currently ranked number 4 in the World Rankings, though was as high as number 2 as recently as 2009. He first broke into the top 10 in 2007, and has improved considerably since then – ending up as the runner up in three grand slam finals – the 2008 U.S Open, and the 2011 and 2012 Australian Opens.

He lost two of these matches to World number one (at the time) Roger Federer and the final match to rising star Novak Djokovic.

Murray started playing tennis in 2005 and started off ranked at number 407 – it’s been a very long but a very successful journey for the star.

In 2012 he appointed Ivan Lendl as his coach. When he started the season at the 2012 Brisbane International he started playing doubles with Marcos, and made it all the way to the semi-finals. At the Australian Open, Murray started off with a 4 set win against Ryan Harrison, and proceeded through to the last sixteen. After a long struggle Murray reached the semi finals to face Djokovic in a long 5 hour match but was ultimately defeated by him.

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(HD) Wimbledon 2011 Sharapova vs Kvitova FINAL – FULL MATCH

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WILLIAMS FAIRYTALE SHORT-LIVED

She might have played the last time professionally in the US Open back in 2011 but when former world number Venus Williams took to the court for the first time since then in the Sony Ericsson Open, she looked much leaner and fitter than she was before but that run came to a sudden halt when her progress was stopped in its tracks by the Polish ace Agnieszka Radwanska in the Quarter Final stage where she lost in straight sets by a score of 6-4, 6-1.

Williams, who had been suffering from Sjogren’s syndrome made her highly publicized comeback in to the world of professional tennis, having withdrawn her name from the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year. In her matches in the previous rounds, Venus Williams looked to be well on course for a successful return to the tennis circuit and although it was evident that she was lacking full match practice, she did quite well considering the fact that she had been out of action for such a long time.

Williams stated of the disease a few months back that it was an auto-immune disease that caused fatigue and soreness of the joints and it was very difficult to get rid of it once one has developed the condition but she managed to fight against it and overcome it to make a more or less successful comeback to the world of professional tennis. Venus Williams praised the efforts of Radwanska and the ease with which she managed to defeat her.

But Venus is also very happy at the progress she has made over the past month after returning to full training and is hopeful that if she gets her fitness level up a little bit more, she will be able to last the entire season.

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MURRAY THROUGH TO FINAL

Andy Murray showed the door to world No 1 Novak Djokovic at the semifinal of Dubai Open, beating the Serbian 6-2, 7-5. This is the second time in a row that Murray has outperformed his Serbian rival, and Murray has now raced into the final where he will be pitted against Roger Federer.

Murray and Djokovic played a beautiful match that seemed very close to the Australian Open standards. Both the players are known to be close friends. Soon after the game, the duo met in the interview room, and there was playful bantering between the two.

At the start of the match Djokovic looked confident and strong, and held his serve to take it to off 2-2. At this point, the game turned in Murray’s favour, with the Scot winning 7 straight games and the first set before going 3-0 in the second.

It looked easy for Murray to win the opening set, 6-2. Djokovic continued to look out of place allowing Murray to rise 5-3 in the second set. Murray let himself down with a few of his shots, allowing Djokovic to get back into the set at 5-5. Murray rose to the occasion and won his way to 7-5 win over Novak.

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Murray vs Nadal Wimbledon 2011 Preview

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